Well let me start off by saying my name is Julian and I'm currently 16 years old. I'm currently attending high school and I'm in my junior year starting in September. I consider myself financially 'well off' but not "well off" enough to go out and say "Hmmm...let me go out and buy a $1275 Louis Vuitton bag" [no offense to anyone, hell I wish I was in your shoes for a day!] lol catch my drift? Anyways, heres the story. My Mom is a NYPD Detective and has 18 years so far on the job [2 more to go and she's retiring]. She does late hours everyday, and this past summer seemed to be her hardest of work. Monday-Friday from lets say 9am in the morning til about 1am or 2am at night. Pretty rough, in my opinion. Now her birthday is coming up in a few weeks [Sept.18th to be exact], and I've been planning for a few days now [a bit ahead of time] of what to do for her special day. My friend and I are going back to school shopping this week in Manhattan, and we both love designer clothing [some examples: Hugo Boss, Kenneth Cole, Burberry, D&G, A/X, Versace sport, etc...] just because we love high-end doesnt always mean we can afford it though! [I JUMP on the sales, ya kno?] Thing is.. Our parents dont feel the same way. Especially my mom. I bought her a Sean by Sean John top a year ago from the Sean John store, back when they launched the womens line, 'Sean by Sean Combs', and she loved it.....until she saw the price tag [dangit forgot to rip that badboy off!]. She said she appreciated it dearly, but she had me return it. She loves to buy me the expensive clothes, but never seems to ever have time for herself, and that makes me feel bad sometimes. So this year, I've been thinking of a few things. When I go downtown sometime this week with my friend turtle [his nickname], I'm planning on going to this spa on 56th St. called Metamorphosis, and see what they're about. A nice spa treatment for mom.. Pedicure, some massaging.. That sounds good in my opinion. Next thing i've got planned is right after that spa, I come back to the spa to pick her up, and I tell her lets head back home, theres more to your day. Then when we get upstairs, thats when I give her, her outfit she'll wear for the special dinner i'll have planned [where..no idea..also need some advice on that]. Now ladies.. This is where you come in.. What are some good ideas for a nice, dinner dress for someone like her to wear? Nothing too revealing, of course, and nothing that'll make her look 10x her age. Something just right for such a special occasion. Something no sleeved would be best. And something not too expensive, as I wouldnt want to go through the same incident as last year. Maybe $150 and less. [and how can I find out her size in dresses without her knowing..?] Another thing.. What's a nice shoulder bag I could get her for such a night? My friend suggested a Gucci off eBay..but ehhh...I've heard of alot of fakes being auctioned off. Not good. Something from $80-$100 would be nice. Also, what are some good dinner restaurant ideas? She's into spanish and italian food. But mostly spanish. I dont want to go to a restaurant she's been to a hundred times. We both like trying new restaurants! I'm looking into saving as much money as possible now. Forget whatever it is I want. I think its about time I treated her for being such a great mom for the past 16 years! Thanks in advance, ladies! I appreaciate it alooott!!!